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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Townsendia incana - hoary Townsend daisy

Synonyms: Townsendia arizonica
Other Common Names: Easter daisy
Plant Form: Forb or Subshrub

Family: Asteraceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual or perennial
General Desc: Small, low growing plant with short stems and crowded leaves, topped by brilliant white daisy-like flowers.
Identification notes: Stems are short but definite.
Height: To 8 inches


Habitat Description: Sandy soils, limestone soils, rocky benches, shales, with pinyons and junipers, rare in grasslands.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 3000 - 7000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White     Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Mar - Sep
Description: White daisy-like flowerheads; ray flowers are often tinged with pink or lavender on the back side. Ray flowers up to 1/2 inch long.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Silvery-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Basal and alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are rounded on top, tapering toward the base, to 1-1/2 inches long. Leaves and stems are covered by short stiff hairs which gives them a silvery appearance.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Notes: Hard shell.

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